Last time i played the Germany player on t1 used 2 subs to attack the UK DD and CV on G1. The CV was damaged the DD destroyed and the fighter had to land at Gibraltar and the carrier had to go back to the UK to avoid being killed. This prevented Taranto, but it also meant that more of the UK fleet in the North Sea survived.
What the hell was the UK guy smoking here? The CV was repaired on start of UK1, and he could STILL of sent the TAC over to SZ 95 from Gibraltar (Airbase!) along with the FIG and CA from Egypt to kill SZ 95. Hell, if he wanted to be suicidal, he could of even sent in the CV too for an extra two hits, just to have made sure.
Italy NEEDS some subs (1-2 SS) in SZ 95 methinks, to make it fair. Whoever out there is saying that the Taranto raid is historical, Italy had like a hundred submarines in service, one of the largest submarine fleets in the world at the time (second only to Russia! 218 subs in Russia in 1941! Germany herself only had 57 in operation at the time hostilities commenced, most were constructed during the course of the war.) Britain only historically attacked Taranto with air units; bringing in the DD and CA should let them engage the subs there, and allow the Italian player to fob off some extra naval hits.
WHY does Germany get to start with 5 U-boats vs. Italy’s NONE, when HISTORICALLY Italy had 2x as many subs at the start of the war than Germany did? Maybe something called GAME BALANCE??? Or perhaps Larry WANTS Germany to kill 90% of the Royal Navy at Round 1 to give the Axis half a chance of victory, not to mention the fact that the Germans are the best positioned to use them effectively? At any rate, it looks like a Taranto raid is the ONLY WAY the UK can get some kind of a revenge for the G1 sinking of 90% of its fleet around Britain.
If we go by the numbers, Russia should start with about 20 submarines to Germany’s 5, while Italy gets 10 in the Med. VERY different game.
Also, it appears that the UK had as many submarines as the Germans did at the start of WWII… Where are those?